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Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes

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Undead Party CrasherUndead Party Crasher

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly: Vampire Slayer

Added by Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

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Photo of fitzy84
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer has a black appearance with no visibility and a thin, brown color head. Aromas immediately show off a strong chocolate and malts smell. Taste follows the nose but is a little more restrained in the coffee-chocolate flavor balance compared to the smell. It's a very creamy and milky beer in terms of mouthfeel. Overall, excellent aromas and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with no head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, some cherries, malt and smoke.

Taste is right in line with a strong stout, with chocolate, sweetened coffee, smoked persimmons, some vanilla, and licorice. Lots of tastes merging and changing, it's not stopping. Tobacco and molasses, especially as it warms. This is listed as an American stout but I'd place it close to Russian territory. Tipping point of burnt malts is close. Nuttiness, and some veggie pepper too. Chewy zombies.

Takeaway is the alcohol molasses sweetness that coats your lips and tongue, Sticky, almost too much.

You want an imperial stout? You got it here. Aggressive with a creamy finish. Maybe greater than the sum of its part, because it has so many of them.

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Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a solid 1 finger tan/brown colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and sticking to the glass as rings formed the more it went down.

Smells of burnt wood, charred grains, smoke, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and light piney hops to start - I like how this is going...then it continues with cocoa powder, light vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, anise and herbal notes. It's mostly a smoked malt bomb, but there are enough peppery spices and hoppy accents to resemble balance.

Tastes smokey and full of chocolate upon the initial sip, with burnt wood, charred grains, smoke or burnt marshmallow, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and light piney hops starting it off, then letting the chocolate, roasted malts and coffee accents continue with a blend of brown sugar, cocoa powder, light vanilla, molasses, black licorice, coffee beans or vanilla beans, and then more chocolate which reminds me of the Lindt Chili Excellence Bar that has trailing heat from the chili peppers (I looked it up online, as I knew it was Lindt but don't have a photographic memory....). End result is a very nice tasting imperial stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, yet rich and textured at the same. This has a heavy to chewy feel and body, very mild carbonation and a mild bitterness that kicks in before the chocolate, malts and coffee notes wrestle for attention as this fades off on the sweet and smoky side but with some nice bitter hoppy and/or floral notes. This beer hides the 10% ABV masterfully as there was never a hint of that strength mixed in with the wonderful complexities. Overall a really good imperial stout that I'll buy whenever I see it.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black beer with a foamy tan head. The is a ton of aromas coming off this beer. Dark fruits and berries, chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The beer has a nice coffee flavor with the sweetness of cherries and chocolate. There is bitterness that follows the sweetness. A smooth medium bodies beer. Great beer.

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Photo of kculrich
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle, undated. Served in a tulip.

Pours an impenetrable mahogany-black with big carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides. A finger-plus of thick cafe au lait colored head lasts about five minutes leaving a nice mocha ring and slippery sheets of lacing.

Smells nutty, with ice coffee, dark maltiness, cherries and a little coppery-something.

Tastes of Mister Goodbars and prunes, dried cherries, raspberries, sunflower seeds and tobacco. Nutty, understated roasted grains play a minor supporting role. Finishes with sweet-tarts, a little more raspberry and some coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick and slick, well carbonated, sweet-but-not-syrupy. The merest suggestion of alcohol fumes in the sinuses.

Overall, a nice impy that drinks like a much smaller beer. Perhaps a little sweet for my tastes but I can't fault the beer for that. A very well crafted beverage.

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Photo of Lucular
3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

5 oz sample on cask. Fair amount of bitter roastiness but not in an entirely pleasing way. Good amount of smokiness as well. Not bad but not nearly as tasty as I was hoping for.

The best use I found for this beer was adding it to a sample pour I had of The Bruery's Or Xata, which I like to begin with, but which was even better (not as overly sweet) after being cut with Undead Party Crasher.

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Photo of ImusBeer
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lots of dark chocolate and cherries. Maybe even a little bit of an hour. Click on the tongue which bill goes down nice. Lots of chocolate as well. Sourness a definite slipper

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Photo of Sabtos
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I actually had the pleasure of getting this poured out of the original Vampire Slayer bottle.

Dark brown with a frothy mocha ring.

Deep roasty malts with chocolate are showcased on the nose.

Smokey flavors with peat, bacon, and frothy chocolate. Overall this is very rich and flavorful.

Easily my favorite Clown Shoes brew yet.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this beer's head is one finger thick and tan, with solid sheen lacing, and an extremely dark brown body.

Smells like blackberries and raspberries blended with a very well-done blend of roasted malts, semisweet and milk chocolates, and some of that smoked hickory mentioned on the labeling.

I taste pretty much the same as the aroma, with the accompaniment of caramel and toffee notes as you exhale post-swig. Not much "booziness" going on with this higher ABV, which is always a plus in my book. Now the fruit flavors I speak are nothing too sweet or sugary; JUST the tastes are what declare their place in this complex brew's profile.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is medium-heavy with mild carbonation. Smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll rate Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes with a 4.5. A very well-executed imperial stout with a unique blend of sensory treats.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark black with a mocha colored, creamy head.

Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, sweet toffee, hint of smoke.

Taste: great roasted character, not overly done. Chocolate notes, dark, slightly bittersweet, milky.. its all there. Toffee again, but subtle. Coffee with cream.

Mouthfeel: medium to fudgey.

Overall: a great balance of sweet and bitter roasted notes. The mouthfeel is fantastic. A great non BA stout.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is just a really good beer. A sweet flavor but not too cloying. There is no head after pouring, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter. Pours oily black. Small beige head, large bubbles linger along side of glass. Aroma is Toasted malt, touch of chocolate, touch of smoke. Taste is BlackBerry, blueberry raspberry, pomegranate, with a healthy dark chocolate kick at the end. Warming, I get a slight whiskey like finish, but the bottle does not say this is barrel aged. Must be the hickory.....I like it. Below avg carbonation, but very smooth, almost velvety mouth-feel. A nice stout. Now I am more excited to try my ""Flight of the Angry Beast"", which contains this beer in the mixture."

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Photo of mchegash
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep, deep brown, with a tasty finger of chocolate milk-colored head.

S: Rich chocolate, smoke, booze, oak.

T: Chocolate, smoke, oak, booze. The oakiness is much more prominent in the taste than in the smell. Overall a nice smoky-tasting imperial stout.

F: Smooth, almost creamy. Light to moderate amount of carbonation. Medium-full to full body.

O: This is a great imperial stout.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque, seal brown color with a meager head of khaki suds. Aroma smells of roasted malt, molasses, burnt toast, toffee, and salted caramel. There’s also a whiff of herbal hops and something vaguely fruity.

The taste features roasted malt and molasses straight away, followed by a huge crescendo of smoked dates and prunes. Slightly minty, earthy, herbal hops lend sufficient contrast to balance out the robust sweetness. Some warming reveals currants and blackberries amongst the other dark fruits, along with some dark chocolate . Medium body feels more substantive up front before thinning out toward the back end. Mild carbonation makes for a slick, smooth mouthfeel that could still do with a bit more beef in my estimation. The reams of luxurious sugars leave a sticky residue on the lips between sips.

Overall, this is a rich, bold, complex imperial stout that delivers all the essentials in the flavor department. The way the multifaceted malt profile morphs from sweet, to roasty, to fruity without anything ever becoming overbearing is a delight. A beefier body would really put this over the top, but there’s no denyhing this is another very competent stout from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a thick, opaque black with a medium-dark tan head. Initial impression is smoky malt, charred wood, smooth chocolate, maybe just a little dark fruit, and an astringent, slightly bitter finish. Very smooth and creamy; carbonation is spot on. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Nice, dry stout!

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Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong wood, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight hops, alcohol, hint of chocolate, hint of pine, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, wood, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, hint of hops, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, great body, great blend, and goof feel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being able to call their smoked imperial stout the "vampire slayer" has apparently left a bad taste in the the mouths of Clown Shoes brewers- but fortunately for their fans, the beer that the new name represents will leave no such impression upon them. The stouts roasty, toasty and smoky side is certain to win fans of the dark and robust ales and is unequivocally "Undead".

Its depth of darkness is complete and absolute as a mocha-like froth slowly builds on top. Its earthen perfume of burnt toast, dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasting walnut and smoldering embers are robust to the nose and delicate like hickory. To taste, its the lavish roasted malt laying down a framework of espresso, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and walnut.

The middle palate shows full saturation of those dark and ominous flavors offering latte-like impressions in one sip and then roasted marshmallows the next- each with a after current of whimsical smoked charm. Bitterness is coffee-like and boldly woodish with impressions of cocoa, fennel and campfire growing sip by sip.

Full but modestly arid, the beer's body is remarkably smooth and creamy to give it a dry roast taste to accompany its lingering but fleeting sweetness. Its light roast-derived astringency is bolstered by the smoke's ashy impressions as its finish is whisky-like and of peppercorn.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in which no light may get through. Na one finger tan head. Sweet chocolate malt smell with a little licorice. The tastes follows the nose in which a nutty smokiness accompanies taste. A slight bitter hop in the end. Not an overly thick beer. A slight burn com the alcohol and dry finish.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a slight chocolate head that quickly reduces to the edges. The roasted malts highlight the nose, along with cocoa. Tastes of sweet dark chocolate, lactose and malt. The roastyness (?) gives it a nice buttering dryness. The mouth is medium and a bit creamy. This is a really nice dry stout.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. No bottle date.

Very thin, very dark pour. Milk chocolate head. Smells super sweet, but the taste is spot on. Finishes fairly clean for a style that usually leaves a lot behind. Nice carbonation

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with a light tan head. There is not much retention but it does leave a small amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is very boozy mixed with deep roasted malt and a little cocoa. The taste is much like a dry stout but amplified. It also has a nice earthy quality to it. It is lighter on the palate and the finish is fairly dry.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. They nail everything I enjoy about the style in this one. Pours thick and black with tiny, but clingy brown head. Aroma is much molasses pushing forward through the semi-sweet malt roast and some chocolate notes. The flavor gets even better - pretty much ideal for my tastes - balancing the aforementioned sweet roast and molasses with just enough bitter in the finish. Said finish is not too dry, but pretty clean. Great stuff!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfect looking stout, very dark colored with no light at all coming through below a frothy light brown head that won't go away and leaves a trail on the glass as you drink this Undead quaff.
Mixed aroma and taste of darkness with molasses, dark malts, and a bit of dark chocolates.
Dryish but not a dry aftertaste with a bit of the dark chocolates hanging around.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich chocolate, roasted and smoked malt and coffee.
The taste is quite smooth and balanced. Mild coffee bitterness, slight chocolate sweet.
The texture is soft and thick.
A really enjoyable stout.

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Photo of predikit
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky dark brown, settles in the glass completely black, lets no light through at all. Left a thick, dark tan head, that stuck around for ages, literally painting the sides of the glass in lacing.

Smells rich, oat notes, chocolate malt, minor vanilla and molasses overtones.

Rich chocolate flavor without being bitter, a minor alcohol presence gets whisked away full the fullness of the rest of it. Moderately sweet throughout the experience, ends with a bit of milk chocolate on the tongue.

Full bodied, creamy, smooth. Leaves very clean. Some alochol warmth left behind as is goes down, but it is very well mellowed.

A winner in my book.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
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